The two teachers, makers, performers and Feldenkrais practitioners dialogue about the ways their parallel practices cross, shake and weave each other. What happens to movement and dance pedagogy and artistic practice when they co-evolve with Feldenkrais? They explore emodied criticality, imagery and agency as key concepts in their practices.
This talk was part of Crossing Borders 2018 and was presented in partnership with Siobhan Davies Studios and Dance Umbrella.
Simonetta Alessandri has collaborated as a dancer and choreographer in many Companies in Italy: Jazz Ballet, Encanto, Pudore ben in Vista, Dark Camera, La Fabbrica dell’Attore, MDA. Her choreography has been shown in Italy, UK, Turkey, Japan, and Colombia. Since 1999 MDA Produzioni Danza has produced her choreographies in Italy. Simonetta has been teaching for more than 20 years in Italy (Ballet, Contemporary Dance, Contact Improvisation, Improvisation, and Feldenkrais) and she has also taught in France, Germany, Colombia, Norway, and Israel. She recently moved to London and has taught at London Contemporary Dance School, Moving East, Independent Dance, Goldsmiths and Trinity Laban.
Thomas Kampe has worked with movement, dance, theatre, and live-art for the last 30 years as performer, choreographer, director and educator. Thomas has taught somatic approaches towards movement education in different settings around the world, and worked as Senior Lecturer for Movement at Bath Spa University. Thomas trained as a visual artist in Germany and as a dancer at the Laban Centre and at Middlesex University in London. He worked with London-based Jewish Austrian Ausdruckstanz-Pioneer Hilde Holger for 13 years.
His international teaching has included residencies in various venues with a broad range of clients including: K3-choreographic centre Hamburg, Germany; Independent Dance London; tanzquartier Vienna, Austria; National Dance Academy Quito, Ecuador; Budapest Improvisation Festival, Hungary; Madrid Contact Improvisation Festival, Spain; Freiburg Contact Festival, Germany; Ouro Preto Winter Festival, Brasil; Tamalpa Institute of Korea, Seoul,Korea.
He was awarded University Teaching Fellowship (2010) and Associate Professorship (2011) at London Metropolitan University. Thomas is a qualified teacher of the Feldenkrais Method ® which forms a foundation for his teaching and informs his research and artistic practice greatly. He recently completed his Phd ‘The Art of Making Choices :
The Feldenkrais Method as a Choreographic Resource’.